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The Left-Handed Hummingbird
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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace, Benny
Main enemy: Huitzilin
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Kate Orman
Release details
Release number: 21
Release date: 2 December 1993
Format: Paperback Book; 20 Chapters, 264 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20404-2
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The Left-Handed Hummingbird was the twenty-first novel in the Virgin New Adventures series. It was written by Kate Orman and was released in 1993. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice.

Publisher's summary Edit

He took up a firing stance, holding the thirty-eight out in front of him. "Mr Lennon?" he said.

Each time, Cristian is there. Each time, he experiences the Blue, a traumatic psychic shock. Only the Doctor can help him -- but the Doctor has problems of his own. Following the events of Blood Heat and the Dimension Riders, the Doctor knows that someone or something has been tinkering with time. Now he finds that events in his own past have been altered -- and a lethal force from South America’s prehistory has been released.

The Doctor, Ace and Bernice travel to the Aztec Empire in 1487, to London in the Swinging Sixties, and to the sinking of the Titanic as they attempt to rectify the temporal faults -- and survive the attacks of the living god Huitzilin.

Chapter Titles Edit

  • Prologue: New York City, December 1980

First Slice

  • 1: Mexico (Not Tenochtitlan)
  • 2: Nine-tenths Below the Surface
  • 3: Sun King
  • 4: Pronounced Weet-Zeelo-Potch-Tlee
  • 5: Into The Fire
  • 6: Instant Zen

Second Slice

  • 7: And the Smile on the Face of the Tiger
  • 8: The Cat in the Hat
  • 9: Number Nine
  • 10: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

Third Slice

  • 11: Jingle-Jangle Morning
  • Interlude 1
  • 12: You've Got Him Just Where He Wants You
  • Interlude 2
  • 13: Because He Doesn't Know the Words
  • Interlude 3
  • 14: Futility
  • 15: Epiphany
  • 16: Tomorrow Never Knows

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

Communications technology Edit

Cultural references from the real world Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Aztecs call the Doctor a 'Midwife' - healer, curer.
  • The Doctor (when they arrive in 1968) suggests they visit Woodstock. Two of his earlier incarnations are there.

Drugs and medicines Edit

  • The Doctor eats psilocybe mexicana mushrooms, which enhance his telepathic abilities.
  • The Doctor has three lumps of LSD-spiked sugar in 1968.
  • Through drugs and alcohol the gods can make paths into the world: "The cactus wine, the morning glory seed, the mushrooms - they are the causeways along which Huitzilopochtli can journey into Tenochtitlan."
  • Achtli, a novice priest, dies from taking the magic mushrooms that allow some people to see the Blue.

Fashion and clothing Edit

Foods and beverages Edit

History Edit

  • Ace asks the Doctor if this could be another example of Ishtar mucking around with history.

Individuals Edit

Psychic powers Edit

  • Ace recalls Saul and the natural way the psychic energy pooled to create him.
  • When the casing of a Dalek shatters, it sounds like chips in hot oil, according to Ace.
  • During a conversation about vampires the Doctor says, "The Mara fed on raw emotion (and) the Fendahl sucked souls whole."
  • Ace gets hit by a telepathic bomb.
  • After a telepathic event attacks her, Bernice attacks someone with a frying pan.

Species Edit

Religion Edit

  • Achtli is a novice priest and touched by the Blue. He is also Ce Xochitl's son.


  • The Doctor fixes the chameleon circuit in his adopted TARDIS from the alternate universe where he died.
  • The Doctor meditates beside the pool while Ace goes swimming. The Doctor had to jettison the original pool when it began to leak into the co-ordinate circuits.

United Nations Intelligence Taskforce Edit

  • Lt. Hamlet Macbeth was part of UNIT. He created the Paranormal Division.
  • Bernice calls in Hamlet Macbeth, who brings UNIT when the Doctor becomes infested by Huitzilin.
  • Ace contacts Air Commodore Ian Gilmore to try to get clearance to get the Doctor out of the UNIT facility.
  • By 1994, Mike Yates does not speak to anyone, shunning reporters.
  • Corporal Carol Bell was promoted to Captain, but was brain damaged in a car accident.
  • Harry Sullivan had made a nurse sign Herbert Clegg's death certificate as heart attack.

Notes Edit

  • Kate Orman is the first — and, ultimately, the only — woman to write an original full-length novel for either of Virgin's post-series lines; she would write or co-write several more books in the New Adventures series up to 1997.
  • Interlude 3 is written from Bernice's diary.
  • A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 207.

Continuity Edit

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